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Capricornus

Quick Facts

Name:Capricornus
kap-rih-KORN-nus
Meaning:Sea Goat
Abbreviation:Cap
Genitive:Capricorni
Visible in Latitudes:60° thru -90°
Viewing Season:Summer
Best Seen In:September, 9:00 pm
Transit Date:July 26
Right Ascension:21.02 hours
Declination:-20.2 degrees
Area:413.947 sq. degrees

Star Diagram

Star Diagram: Capricornus

About Capricornus

Capricornus, the Sea Goat, is one of the most mysterious and ancient of all the constellations. It was known in Pre-Babylonian times as the god Ea. Ea was of vast intellect, the lord of the sacred eye. Ea has appeared on earth four times to educate man in the art of civilization and each time he appeared in human form, wearing a cloak with the tails of a fish. Ea saved mankind from a great flood, the same one descibed in the Bible as the flood of Noah. After educating man, Capricornus returns to the waters as darkness falls.

Named Stars

 
NameStar
Prima GiediAlpha 1 Cap
Secunda GiediAlpha 2 Cap
DabihBeta Cap
NashiraGamma Cap
Deneb AlgediDelta Cap
AlshatNu Cap

Messier Objects

 
NameType
M30Globular Cluster

Neighboring Constellations

AquariusPiscis Austrinus
AquilaSagittarius
Microscopium
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